Israel facilitated the transfer of 250 trucks with supplies to the Gaza Strip on Monday for the first time since the government eased up restrictions on the amount and type of merchandise allowed into the Hamas-controlled territory.
In late June, Israel announced that it would ease the blockade on the Gaza Strip after it came under pressure following the botched navy raid on the Gaza-bound aid flotilla. The trucks were transferred Monday via the Kerem Shalom crossing in southern Gaza.
In line with increasing the number of trucks allowed into Gaza, the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories and the Palestinian Authority have established a joint Israeli-Palestinian team to coordinate work on the renovation of the Kerem Shalom crossing and future international construction projects in the Gaza Strip.
The work at Kerem Shalom will include the construction of infrastructure that could be used one day by the PA if it were to receive control of the crossing from Israel and to facilitate the increase in trucks.